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Still looking for Swallowdale

In this month’s Lakeland Walker magazine (Jan/Feb 2015) there’s a fine piece by Ronald Turnbull on looking for Swallowdale.

He starts by looking on Blawith Fells and concludes that Swallowdale isn’t there. 655 more words

First steps on Peel Island

One of the key locations in Swallows and Amazons is the secret harbour on Wild Cat Island. It’s also one of the relatively few cases where the real-world original is easily and unambiguously identifiable; it’s on Peel Island in Coniston Water. 1,097 more words

Merry Making

It’s summer in Brooklyn. I hope you enjoyed glorious festivities (Christmas, solstice, new year).

I am slightly ambivalent about Christmas, from its absorption of pagan festivities to its rampant consumerism. 250 more words


Swallows and Amazons - we speak to Musical Director Tarek Merchant

I start the day by leading a vocal warm up with the cast, which takes about 15 minutes. This makes certain the cast are in good voice, and won’t injure themselves. 877 more words

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Rusty Reviews: Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome, 1929)

Back in the dark ages before magic schools, parallel worlds, and death games, fictional children had to make their own entertainment. This resulted in what I like to think of as the traditional adventure novel, where the poor brats would usually wonder around some countryside, foil a robbery or two, and generally spend a depressing amount of time using their imaginations in order to make their activities seem more interesting than they actually are. 913 more words

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

So, it’s Christmas again, and there’s nothing quite like re-reading an old favourite to assist in re-kindling my childish delight in the holiday season. This year I decided to read my way through Arthur Ransome’s  377 more words

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10 things a Swallow couldn’t leave home without

Are there days when you’ve been caught short without an umbrella, or you can’t find those keys in the bottom of your bag? Not for a Swallow!  180 more words

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